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Nurs Clin North Am. 2004 Mar;39(1):145-63.

Risk factors for coronary heart disease in women.

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  • Center for Health Studies Group Health Cooperative, 1730 Minor Avenue, Suite 1600, Seattle, WA 98101, USA. newtonk@ghc.org


The increased focus on risk factors for CHD in women has greatly improved our understanding of this disease in women. The evidence against cigarette smoking, elevated serum cholesterol, and high blood pressure is strong, and sustained campaigns are underway to prevent and appropriately manage these conditions. The importance of adequate physical activity and weight control is well established, and research continues on other emerging risk factors. The focus of future research will be on clarifying the role of these factors, particularly for women and ethnic minorities.

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